you seem to be interested to know who I am. Probably this is more than you asked for but here it comes: My life in a nutshell : )
I was born and raised in Germany but my father is from Greece and my mother from the U.S. I'm sure many can relate when I say that it's enriching but also confusing.
Person: 'Where are you from?'
Me: 'Uh... (cringing)'
As a result, I am pretty damn ignorant of nationalistic sentiments (even though my father managed to instil in me a pinch of greek pride) and with hindsight it makes perfect sense that I should become a huge fan of Star Trek (The Next Generation).
I left my happy childhood bubble to go to London and study photography. I was on a mission to widen my and other people's horizons (Earthlings unite!). I even got a tattoo, you know, the pact-with-yourself-tattoo. Truth is, I hated University but otherwise life was fun.
In 2003, I fell in love with a man and we moved to Spain. Before long I was planning my vegetable garden next to our house in the sweetest little town in Cantabria. Never mind, it didn't work out ... but I did learn two languages: Spanish and Code.
I had been working as a freelance web designer and developer for quite some time when I moved to Berlin in 2009. Like so many developers I have met since, I am self-taught. Learning becomes an undaunting part of the process. Hello world!
In 2015, I was offered a fulltime position at the University of Kiel to develop the Citizen Science project Coastwards. The idea is simple. People upload images of coasts to help scientists assess the risks of sea-level rise. My younger trekkie heart was jumping with joy. At last I could indulge in a world without borders:
Unfortunately, funding ran out but the platform stands and I learned shitloads. I got insight into the academic environment and took part in scientific research. I learned about Climate Change, specifically Sea-level Rise, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how Science struggles to communicate with politics. I had to answer questions concerning data privacy and the use of social media, which got me thinking and reading on those topics. I learned to develop with React and React-Native. Interestingly enough, I also learned a lot about money. Bottom line: I am very happy to continue working for the University in 2018.
This is where I stand now. If you like, drop me a line.